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Porsche 911 Targa 4S Love

Porsche 911 Targa 4S top in action
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top in action

I’m a very nostalgic person to say the least. Though not that old yet, I’m told I act it at times. I do have an affinity for most vintage things and though I have a great appreciation for modern sports cars, I tend to gravitate to the elder ones more often than not. I find them to be very engaging to drive and delight in their analog qualities. For this shoot, I would be splitting my time between both modern and vintage. Both cars were Porsches, but from different eras and after drive both, I enjoyed the new Targa quite a bit.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet

The modern Porsche came in the form of a beautifully spec’d 911 Targa 4S with an automated roof stowing system so unnecessarily complicated, I could watch it all day long. It was a thoughtful evolution of the original sporting the iconic brushed hoop and gills. The sapphire blue metallic paint was the perfect wrap and an excellent accompaniment to the black and Luxor beige interior. The cabriolet was a bright red affair of 80s vintage and felt very familiar as I have coupe of similar age. This one was just a bit older than mine and was like catching up with an old friend.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Now, how to make these cars stand out for their big day in front of the lens. Well for that, nothing makes cars like these stand out more than a nice industrial setting. I know, it’s been done to death and is nearly cliché, but It’s a setting that showcases cars well for a wide variety of reasons. So, off we went to a pre-selected site managed by a very understanding owner who was kind enough to grant us access for the morning. The facility was still in use and provided the perfect environment for the shoot with gritty industrial surroundings providing a great contrast for the beauty presented by the two Porsches.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S and vintage Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and vintage Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top stowed
Porsche 911 Targa 4S top stowed

The day went well, but all too quickly. I could have spent much more time finding various ways to capture these two Porsches, but such is life and I like to think my family would start to miss me after a bit. Both of the cars and the people involved behaved quite well making this yet another fantastic shoot. I could describe the environment and cars more, but that’s really what the photos are for, so get comfortable and enjoy the posted shots of these two great Porsches. For the complete gallery of the day and to order digital downloads, just follow this link. Enjoy!

Porsche 911 Targa 4S interior
Porsche 911 Targa 4S interior
Porsche 911 Targa 4S headrest detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S headrest detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S wheel detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S wheel detail
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S and Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche 911 Targa 4S

The Grand Ascent 2015

Every year a band of stunning vintage sports cars arrive at the grounds of The Hotel Hershey in Hershey PA. They test and tune in preparation for the run to victory up a hill that has challenged drivers since the 1950s. The setting is in the woods and provides beautiful vistas for viewers to watch these drivers race their cars up the hill. It’s a fantastic spectacle that is well worth the journey out if you’ve yet to attend.

Stunning pre-war Bugatti
Stunning pre-war Bugatti

 

Porsche 356 at the ready during The Grand Ascent
Porsche 356 at the ready during The Grand Ascent

Friday welcomes the arrival of the competitors and the air is filled with the sound of engines tuning. Preliminary runs are made up the hill and the dialing in continues in an effort to make the perfect run. It’s a somewhat relaxed setting with much friendly chatter and well-wishing throughout the field. There is still a strong desire among many to win, but the overriding feeling is to have fun and enjoy time with good friends. The driver’s reception in the evening continues that sentiment.

David George's Bear Special Indy Champ Car
David George’s Bear Special Indy Champ Car
1941 Oldsmobile Special owned by Steve Moskowitz
1941 Oldsmobile Special owned by Steve Moskowitz

The morning light on Saturday reveals a similar scene with cars being readied and getting into position based on their grouping. The runs up the hill begin early and run into the afternoon as each driver chases victory. This year Wayne Carini was a guest and fielded his Triumph TR4. He made some great runs, as did some outstanding contenders in the Pre-war group.

Wayne Carini in his Triumph TR4
Wayne Carini in his Triumph TR4
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 during The Grand Ascent
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 during The Grand Ascent

Once again, it was a superb event. One that will long be on my calendar of events to attend. Check out the shots accompanying this article and follow this link to view the full gallery of images from the weekend.

David George's Bear Special Indy Champ Car
David George’s Bear Special Indy Champ Car

BLUE MAX

Blue Max
Blue Max

The name is so fitting to this car. It is German, it is indeed blue, and was the pinnacle for its time. Though some nagging misunderstandings still persist about this car, it is one well worth a look if you are ever in the market for a unique and well-rounded vintage super car.

Porsche 928 Car of the Year
Porsche 928 Car of the Year

The Porsche 928 is a car that has long been one that some either love or dare I say, hate. That love/hate is fostered for a variety of reasons. The love for it comes from an appreciation of the cars innovations as well as its power, speed, and comfort. The hate, well that comes from myths about high maintenance costs, the belief to some that it is slow and fat and the fact that it was created to supplant the mighty 911. Its pluses became minuses for many as it was everything the 911 wasn’t. It had a water-cooled engine residing in the front with two extra cylinders, near equal weight distribution, and great handling both on and off track making it a wonderful GT car.

Porsche 928
Porsche 928

It was a ground up effort from Porsche from the start and the end result was a quite striking form. I often run hot and cold on this car, but in the form you see here, it is an undeniable winner. This particular car is coated in the perfect color matched to the wildly fantastic Pasha interior and is even wearing the right shoes. It’s the total package right down to the very spider like intake hiding just beneath the hood. Perhaps the only thing missing from this particular model is a…well…nothing. This one is spot on from nose to tail.

Porsche 928 Phone Dial Wheels
Porsche 928 Phone Dial Wheels
Porsche 928 Pasha Seats
Porsche 928 Pasha Seats
Porsche 928 Central Console
Porsche 928 Central Console
Porsche 928 Engine
Porsche 928 Engine
Porsche 928 Instrument Cluster
Porsche 928 Instrument Cluster

So the next time you are out and see this, or any other 928, stop and show it some love. You won’t be disappointed you took the time to do so. For a few more images of this car, pop on over to this gallery.

Porsche 928 Door Sill
Porsche 928 Door Sill

The Fisker Karma – Electric Avenue

Karma was a rather curious name for a brand new plug-in-hybrid that was fielded by an equally new company in Fisker. Referencing the principle of causality right out of the gate was a bold move on anyone’s part, but more so having come from a company with no history of doing what it was proposing with this car. Its desire to convey good karma would have been perfect had the hopes and aspirations of its founders come to fruition. Instead, the company’s once bright future has been dimmed though a glimmer of hope for a new beginning does exist. Considering what they went through to get this car to the public, I do hope it gets that second chance. They managed to create their dream in less time and for less money than the giant GM could do for the Volt and that alone is a pretty significant accomplishment and well worth some good karma.

Fisker Karma Wheel
Fisker Karma Wheel

I have always loved these cars and seeing this one stealthy maneuver into place at the local Cars N Coffee is always a treat for me. The styling and attention to detail is superb which should come as no surprise since the co-founder, Henrik Fisker, had a brilliant design background. He left his mark on the Aston Martin DB9, V8 Vantage, and the lovely BMW Z8. His dream of reviving the coach built car in America was a good one and these cars poses a uniqueness not seen in the States for some time.

The interior is beautifully finished with an elegant central console that extends from the front through to the back. It has two sculpted windows that permit you to see through to the battery cell. It also houses a lovely crystal like gear selector as well as what no American can be without…cup holders. The wood trim accents were finished from reclaimed wood from California wildfires and the hides were utilized in a way that produced little waste.

Fisker Karma Steering Wheel
Fisker Karma Steering Wheel

The exterior styling is well done for such a rather large car. The flowing lines and graceful curves are accented with just the right creases and the large 22 inch wheels are perfectly suited to the scale of the car. And don’t pass on the roof as it’s worth a look. It’s a brilliant and well integrated solar cell unit that serves to keep the 12v system charged when not in continual use unless, of course, you park it in your garage.

Fisker Karma Solar Roof
Fisker Karma Solar Roof

I could go on and on about the virtues of this car, but the best thing to do is check it out the next time you see it at a show or just out and about. It’s well worth your time. Short of that, enjoy the rest of the gallery as it visually details many of the elements discussed and feel free to click on over to this gallery from the show for larger high-resolution images. Enjoy!

The lovely curves of the Fisker Karma
The lovely curves of the Fisker Karma
Wood trim dash of the Fisker Karma
Wood trim dash of the Fisker Karma
Fisker Karma key and gear selector
Fisker Karma key and gear selector
Fisker Karma left rear quarter "exhaust speaker"
Fisker Karma left rear quarter “exhaust speaker”

 

Heading Into the New Year

This got here a lot quicker than I felt it would. Such is life, though, as we motor ahead. Everything moves quicker whether we wish for it to or not. That feeling is likely due to the fact I aint getting any younger and my kids are growing way too fast! It’s the only speed I would like to slow down.

The up side is, I get to jump into new projects quickly and this year will see a multitude of new opportunities with unique commercial shoots, private commissions and art shoots as well as a multitude of shows and special features on select cars.

I encourage you to check back often and share these posts with anyone that will appreciate them. The first few features will be on some unique restoration shops with mad skills! The work rolling out of these shops is nothing short of stunning and is pure art!

Have a great year and keep checking back here often. Take care!

Ford Mustang at Watkins Glen
Ford Mustang at Watkins Glen

The Best Kids Car Ever!

We’ve all seen the great little plastic electric cars sold at toy stores. Little plastic wheels with sticker gauges and hard plastic molded seats with plastic on them formed from even more plastic. Some of them are decently optioned and look the part. Others, not so much and their efforts to conceal the make and model are often comical. This car, however, hides nothing and is so wonderfully appointed that you likely would wish to travel back in time to your youth and drive it yourself.

Kids electric car cockpit
Kids electric car cockpit

Everything about this car is special. A point that becomes very clear under close inspection of the hand crafted parts. It is more work of art than toy car. You want to protect it and set it aside for special viewing in your home. More of an art piece that you talk about and point at while it shimmers under its own accent lighting. It’s so perfect! Still, I would love to risk its destruction just to see a child drive this around as I can’t imagine it being anything less than utter bliss. It even has its own tool kit, driving gloves and a leather helmet!

Kids electric car on the road
Kids electric car on the road

How the car came into existence is a story unto itself. The entire project started based on some rejected radiator shells that had been created for an Auburn pedal car that another person was restoring. So logically, this miniature Duesenberg just had to grow from that seed. Every part is either hand made or found. The gauge bezels are from both the tops of beer cans and energy drinks. There is a stunning glass marble affixed to the end of the drive selector, which works by the way, and the leather components are all hand sewn. Under the bonnet  lurks a beautiful faux engine. Every detail is present from miniature spark plugs and ignition wires to carburetors and exhaust. Pity the bonnet isn’t transparent, though it’s concealment of the engine does invite you to undo the leather strap and lift the cover to see what hides from view.

Kids electric car "engine"
Kids electric car “engine”
Kids electric car tool kit
Kids electric car tool kit

It can’t be stressed enough that this is a masterpiece and it was a wonderful opportunity to document it. It looked right at home in every location we placed it and drew the attention of anyone in the area. Young and old alike were drawn to this and it’s rather obvious why.

Front view of the kids electric car
Front view of the kids electric car

It’s currently looking for a new home as its builder is looking to work on other projects. I hope it gets used. To enjoy something like this as a child would certainly make a lasting impression that would no doubt foster a great love of the automobile. How many kids get to experience something like this? True motoring with a fully functioning electric Duesenberg that offers an engaging and tactile experience that a lot of cars for us adults don’t deliver.

The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg
The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg

For more images of this marvel, please follow this gallery link. It’s well worth the time as there is plenty more to see. Enjoy!

Ferrari 430 Scuderia Photo Shoot

A few months back I was shooting a track day at the newly improved Pitt Race in Beaver Pennsylvania. While there, I struck up a conversation with the owner of a beautiful Ferrari 430 Scuderia. He was running the car just the way it had been intended and was very open to taking the car to a variety of places you normally wouldn’t want to for a shoot. We scheduled some days and set to capturing his car in some rather unique settings outside just the track. Though the track was much fun.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia on track.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia on track.

We headed into town a few days later after I had found some great back alleys and a bit of urban decay. The settings were wonderful and for the first time, I was not running about, removing trash and other items from the foreground and background. This was one time I wanted all the crap in the shot. Well except for the smell. The first location did have an occasional odor that was less than pleasant depending upon the breeze. Thankfully, cameras don’t capture that element, yet. I’m sure at some point in time it will be someones brilliant idea to have a scented spray emanate from your monitor and assault your senses with a smell that correlates to the image you just looked at. That could be good and very very bad.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia lurking in a back alley.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia lurking in a back alley.

Back on topic, we got some great shots in with perfect light and gradually moved our way up and down the truncated and rather narrow alley. It really is a great spot, but man is it tight. We had to remove the car completely to get turned around for different angles. Still worth the work. The car looked stunning here.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia looking down the alley.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia looking down the alley.

Next stop, mostly unused railroad tracks and rusted structures. Oh, and piles of huge tires. Must have huge tires.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia under the tracks.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia under the tracks.

This was one spot that the car managed to attract much attention from people in traffic as well as in the surrounding buildings. It’s nice to be noticed and it’s rather hard no to be in a brilliant red Ferrari. One gent driving by was even nice enough to display his sense of humor by acting as though he was going to crash into the car. Sooooo unbelievably hilarious. We never laughed so hard as he jerked the wheel toward the Ferrari and then back at the last second while flashing the international symbol for, just kidding. What a funny moment.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia rear deck.
Ferrari 430 Scuderia rear deck.

With that behind us, we did a bit of off-roading which you can see in the gallery posted here. We then moved into town and finished the shoot in the plaza of PPG. A most spectacular setting to end the shoot if I do say so myself. Wonderful reflections and architectural elements surrounded us. As did the police, but they came with the property and we had permission to shoot that day.

Ferrari 430 Scuderia PPG Plaza
Ferrari 430 Scuderia PPG Plaza

Next up, a very energetic BMW M3.

Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 2014

There is a new show in town and its first time out of the gate looked pretty impressive. The Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens boasted beautiful grounds, elegant cars and bikes as well as some great food. This show has also filled a void, for many including myself, that was left with the departure of the Glenmoor Gathering. A show that was held at the same time of the year and had a marvelous run of 18 years. David W, Schultz, along with many others responsible for the Glenmoor Gathering, made this new event possible. Once again, they have done a sterling job picking a wonderful venue and then covering its grounds with some of the most beautiful machines you will ever see.

This first year for Stan Hywet focused on Pierce-Arrow. A company that got its start manufacturing delicate, gilded birdcages of all things. The company then added bicycles to their line followed by the automobile.

1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601
1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601

The earliest Pierce-Arrow example represented was a 1909 Model 36 producing, as you might have guessed, 36 horsepower. By the time this car was introduced by the company, they had already gained a reputation for building premier motorcars. No less than a dozen or so Pierce-Arrows were on display from 1909 through 1936. It was a very impressive array of some of their finer creations.

Sharing the grounds with Pierce-Arrow were greats like Dueseberg, Packard, Cord, Lincoln, Alfa Romeo, Allard, and Maserati. That just names a few and does not do justice to the breadth of manufacturers on display this year. I could have spent far more than the allotted time for the show examining each and every car. Nothing presented could have been considered mundane.

1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8

It was a very special event that attracted highly desirable cars along with a group of very knowledgeable judges. On hand to lead the charge in this difficult task was Chief Judge Paul F. Sable. He along with his erudite automotive team made their way through the vehicles to make the tough decisions that someone like myself would have great difficulty doing. In settings like this, I’m much like a child running from car to car easily distracted by shiny things.

I encourage all to find room in your busy schedules to attend this event. It is a brilliant location to showcase some of the finest cars man has put his hand to. I eagerly look forward to next year and well imagine it will be equally as stunning. I again will no doubt run about in an effort to take it all in while trying to look as professional as possible. Do take the time to look through my gallery of the event to see just how remarkable this year’s event was.

1931 Franklin Series 15
1931 Franklin Series 15

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

This year’s Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix featured a number of events that should not be missed. If you have never attended, it should be on your list of summer car show activities. There is really no reason to have not attended yet or to wait any longer.

Porsche 911 on track at Schenley Park
Porsche 911 on track at Schenley Park

 

The weather cooperated, for the most part, save for Saturday at Schenley. The rain that day nearly prevented the show cars from taking to the grass and at the start, you actually might have been better to arrive in a boat. As luck would have it, though, things settled enough that everyone was able to get into position and enjoy the rest of the event. Some of the finest cars were on display from vintage British greats like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin to all American heavies including Ford GT40s, Corvette, and Shelby Mustangs. The Germans and Italians were well represented as well with impressive displays from Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo just to scratch the surface. It was a feats for the eyes with some of the finest curves in automotive history on display.

Ford GT40 MkIV at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Ford GT40 MkIV at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

To experience all that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has to offer, I have attached a gallery link to this text that will enable you to see the eye candy that was on display at all the events from this year. Do enjoy and feel free to navigate your way through the other galleries I have featured on my site. Until next time!

A beautiful when wet Lancia
A beautiful when wet Lancia